Australia is home to some of the most unique and quirky flora and fauna on the globe. From koalas, kangaroos, platypus and golden wattle, we have it all.

If no visit Down Under is complete without encountering the nation’s best ambassadors, where can you find animals that are all things Aussie?

Forget zoos, Australia is home to some of the world’s best wildlife parks. Today we share with you our favorites.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, South Australia

One of the best places to find Australian wildlife is in the bush. The friendly keepers at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park have been rescuing and raising Australian wildlife for decades and operate a dedicated park that is vast, diverse and wonderfully close to nature.

Whether you opt for a general visit, one-on-one encounter or private tour, you can get close to penguins, koalas, marmosets and reptiles.

If you want cute or something with more spines, Kangaroo Island has it all. We love the wombats, emus and echidnas, but you’ll also encounter snakes, dingoes and some truly gorgeous birdlife.

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Gumbuya Wildlife Park, VIC

Inside amusement park Gumbuya World, is one of the newest wildlife experiences on offer. From the reptile house and petting area, to wombats, koala and a walk-through wallaby and kangaroo experience and aviary, there is something for everyone.

Come for the fauna and stay for some lunch, carnival rides or water slides, depending on what you fancy!

All-inclusive ticket options mean you can explore at your own pace and see all the attractions at your leisure.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

One of the best authentic animal experiences! Whether you opt to explore yourself or take in one of the many guided wildlife tours, there are oodles of Australian animals in this world heritage listed space.

Amongst lush rainforest, wetlands and indigenous rock art, Kakadu is a must-see for anyone who is headed to the Northern Territory. The sunsets and waterholes make it a luxurious experience, the terrain and the native animals make it unforgettable.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Discovery Bay Coastal Park, Victoria

If you’re also an ocean fan and want to see wildlife as it roams free in natural habitats, make your way to Discovery Bay. With a range of coastal environments from beaches, dunes, wetlands and a woodland forest, Discovery Bay also offers high cliffs and great views. A fur seal colony calls this park home and expect to spot koalas and diverse marine life in the area.

Australia might seem like a hot desert-like place if you’ve never visited. Yet, the landscape is diverse and abundant with life. So where will your next trip be? 

With so many animal encounters available in Australia you can see your favorites and meet many more. So what are you waiting for?  Kaya and wominjeka! Make sure you leave enough time to see them all otherwise…we’ll see you next trip!